Salus Got Talent made a reappearance after a two-year hiatus, thanks to the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA), who planned and ran the show for the University community to enjoy.
For less than $10 per ticket, more than 150 individuals in attendance enjoyed food and a variety of talent on Friday evening, March 1, in the Hafter Center gymnasium.
Hosts Annie Govan ‘20OD and David Bacho ‘20OD told some optometry-related jokes for the audience and introduced each upcoming act, which ranged from singing, to dancing and juggling.
After each performance were remarks from the panel of judges: Monae Kelsey, associate director of Student Engagement and assistant director of Admissions; Bisant Labib, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) assistant professor and co-chief of Primary Care, Suite 3 at The Eye Institute (TEI); and Rachel Brackley, OD, PCO assistant professor.
“Bringing back an event that had not been held in over two years was quite the challenge,” said Kierra Washington ‘21OD, NOSA vice president. “This was my first time planning for an event this big. However, with help from NOSA’s executive board, we were able to pull it off. There was so much fun involved in planning for the talent show.”
The talent shown throughout the community was fantastic and each garnered support from the audience. There was a light-hearted competition as well for some sought-after cash prizes.
Winners of the show were:
($100) The band Steel Blimp: A Led Zeppelin Experience
Members: Nick Viglucci ‘21OD, Andrew Nagy ‘21OD, Mark Nagy ‘21OD
($50) Dance performance: “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
Michelle Chung ‘20OD
($25) Two singers: “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”
Members: Ashley Wright ‘21OD and her daughter Arianna Garth